Manuel Pellegrini has revealed Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany should be back in action in two weeks.
It had been reported the Belgian defender faced another six weeks on the sidelines in a season which has been persistently interrupted by injuries.
That has proved costly for City, who have looked far more assured at the back when he has been fit enough to play.
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Kompany's latest issue has seen him out with a calf problem since he had to come off just nine minutes after being introduced as a substitute against Sunderland on Boxing Day.
He is making progress now and although he will miss Wednesday's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg with Everton, a return to full fitness could be close.